Israel's Ben-Gvir storms Al-Aqsa in 'unprecedented provocation'

January 03, 2023

Israel's far-right national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, entered Al-Aqsa Mosque's courtyards in occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday, in a move bound to inflame tensions. International reactionsThe United Arab Emirates, which normalised relations with Israel in 2020, released a statement condemning the storming of Al-Aqsa. "The UAE today strongly condemned the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard by an Israeli minister under the protection of Israeli forces," said the statement. The deadliest year for West Bank Palestinians since the Second Intifada in numbers Read More »This is not the first time that Ben-Gvir has stormed Al-Aqsa. Of the total death toll, 167 were from the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and 53 were from the Gaza Strip.